The many names and faces of e-cigarettes. MONTANA TOBACCO USE PREVENTION PROGRAM IMAGE

Addicting a whole new generation

Just over 40%. That’s how many Madison County high schoolers reported to have used an electronic vapor tobaccoless nicotine product, better known as e-cigarettes or vapes. That number was recently published by the Montana Office of Public Instruction in its 2021 Youth Risk Behavior report.

Dropped call? Are you feeling frustrated by phone? You are not alone. PHOTO BY BETSEY WELTNER

The New Montana Territory

Growth and weather. These are the two main topics of conversation around Madison County. While weather conditions are quantified easily by reading your temperature gauge, windsock or checking your weather app, “growth” as a phenomenon is, while observable, less measurable, at least against those benchmarks available to The Madisonian.

Governor Greg Gianforte addresses a crowd of Madison Valley Woman’s Club members and supporters at Peter T’s Park in Ennis, commending the club for its significant role in the community. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

The Spirit of Montana

Montana’s Governor Greg Gianforte made a stop in Ennis on the morning of August 10 to present the Madison Valley Woman’s Club with the Spirit of Montana Award, a recognition honoring the 100-year-old club’s dedication and service to the community.

Wildfire watch

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the launch of a statewide fire dashboard created to keep residents and visitors up to date on the ever-changing wildfires across the state.

A dusty day’s work. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

High and dry

Harrison area rancher and angus cow breeder Bob Sitz hadn’t bought hay since his father passed away in 1989. Typically, his 40,000-acre operation produces enough hay to feed 1,400 cows with enough excess to sell about 3,000 tons of it each year.

Vying for your votes

The November municipal general elections may seem far off, but preparations are underway and the candidates slated for the official ballots have been announced. Here’s a breakdown of which Madison County communities will be included in the Nov. 2 election.


Life Flight partnered with local search and rescue teams on July 10 in a simulated grizzly attack training scenario. PHOTO COURTESY RUBY VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE

A grizzly scenario

The grizzly attack-related deaths of a woman in Ovando this month and a man in West Yellowstone earlier this summer have brought the unfortunate reality of the increasingly common encounter between human and grizzly into the news as of recent.


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